Thursday, 11 December 2008

Welcome To Britain

I'm slowly freezing to death on an icy platform, ruefully nursing my lip. I've managed to bite my tongue twice, and my lip twice, all within 24 hours. What are the chances? If I survive this I'll probably continue to munch on my lip until it is the size of a beach ball.

Good job it is not the season for beach activities, otherwise I would be in huge trouble.

A little bit of ice on a tiny section of the train line and pretty much every train in Britain is delayed or cancelled. On the other hand, the only thing that would delay a train in Norway would be a thawed woolly mammoth, brought back to life by MickeysBigMouth as he develops his healing powers above and beyond fish.

The first train cancelled, the second train delayed and carrying everyone from the first train, the connecting train cancelled, and here I am, freezing to death while slowly becoming engulfed by my lip.

Of course, this is despite the fact that our rail fares have increased above the rate of inflation every year, and this year will increase by 6-8%. There's nothing like paying more for less.

Welcome to Britain. Don't come here. I'm thinking of taking the family to Norway. Morag, you're welcome to join us.


Carmi said...

Don't feel bad: the whole paying more for less thing is just as bad here in Canada. Part of it is the economy, but more long-term, I think governments just don't have a flippin' clue.

Marinka said...

Wow, I feel like I'm saving a lot of money reading about it--no need to actually go there!

Anonymous said...

Would it make you feel better if i told you we are hitting the freezing temps and under a severe snowfall warning that i will have to drive a car (that just wants to roll away a die somewhere) in all weekend...oh...and my client that lives way way up on the mountain phoned me and probably wants me to come up and see here in the midst of said snowfall...i will trade places in a heartbeat...seriously.

sorry about the lip thing...should we ask how the munching of the lip happened or is that too personal and/or weird to share?

Kylie w Warszawie said...

I moved to Washington, DC after Poland (the first time) and it snowed ONE DAY. The whole city shut down.

Poland never has snow days. You can still make it to school or work. Unless, like you said, a frozen wooly mammoth came to life, this city is still operating.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Sounds like fun?

I see now why you would not be impressed with snow and ice.

This past snow was the first in over 10 years....and the third largest snowfall in our state's history. It NEVER snows it is kind of a big deal!

Hope you get warm and your lip shrinks soon! :)

bernthis said...

I hear NYC is about to do the same. How old am I that I can remember when it was a dollar to ride the subway and now it's going to be over two dollars. How old did you say?!

San Diego Momma said...

As a Norwegian, I certainly appreciate your support for my home country, but Britain can't be that bad, right?

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